Shore groups speak out about hate

Letter to the Editor

April 11, 2019


The members of the undersigned organizations condemn the dispersal of white supremacist flyers on the Eastern Shore on March 31. In addition to being found in the Rio Vista neighborhood of St. Michaels, as reported in the Star Democrat, flyers with different text – though equally hateful and containing the same organizational name and contact information – were found on Tilghman Island.

Similar flyers have also been found over the last year in both Eastern Shore counties of Virginia; and in Maryland, in Ann Arundel, Charles, Queen Anne’s, Somerset and Worcester Counties; and the towns of Gaithersburg, Germantown, Eldersburg, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, La Plata, Lothian, South Baltimore, Sykesville, Upper Marlboro and Waldorf.

Unanswered questions remain. Was this a coordinated action as it seems? Who dispersed this bigoted literature? Are they our neighbors? Have they succeeded in their recruitment campaign?


Just like nooses and swastikas, these acts are not pranks to be taken lightly, but symbols designed to spread fear of violence against African Americans and Latinos and Jewish people. We will not tolerate the spread of racial and religious terror with its potential to incite violence in our community. Though the President has fanned the flames of hate, we must fight this wildfire with all we’ve got. We cannot remain silent and allow bigotry to take root in our communities.

We raise our voices against hate and prejudice. We call on all people of moral conscience to speak out to provide a bulwark against bigotry. We also call on our elected officials – our Midshore Delegation to the Maryland legislature – and Congressman Andy Harris to publicly denounce these acts immediately.

Please participate in creating a public presence of love and tolerance and against all forms of hatred by printing a sign from this website and putting it in your window. https://hatehasnohomehere.org/



Bay Hundred Citizens for a Just Society (The Hedgehogs)

Indivisible Worcester Maryland

Kent and Queen Anne’s Indivisible

Lower Shore Progressive Caucus

Salisbury University College Democrats

Social Action Committee for Racial Justice – Kent County, MD

Talbot Rising

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  • Denice Lombard
    commented 2019-04-14 08:14:50 -0400
    Hi Hal. Thanks. So far neither the Star Dem nor the Talbot Spy has picked it up. I sent it Thursday, this is Sunday. No paper on Saturday or Monday. We’ll see if it’s there on Tuesday.
  • Hal Ginsberg
    commented 2019-04-14 07:56:04 -0400
    Great letter. Thank you. Did the Star-Democrat refuse to publish it?